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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    GM parts carry a 12 month warranty (at least)
    GM just rolled out a new limited lifetime warranty on lots of common parts like water pumps, hubs, fuel pump assemblies, etc

    other parts have a 24 month warranty
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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by pmjarvis View Post
    It would be nice if you had an electronic suspension where you could change it from "sport mode" to "comfort mode" with a push of a button.
    Yeh that would of been one cool feature for the DTS less stress on the system just set it and forget it to whatever u like

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    2005+ STS with Magneride has that ... 2nd Gen V-series does also
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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Yeh caddy had no choice most of the euro sports sedans have it so got to follow the crowd

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Which are priced way higher because they each have a $.25 resistor in them. The shocks/struts alone won't make much of a difference. basscatt is suggesting switching out the springs as well.
    How can we be sure the DTS uses stiffer springs because on amazon even with my DTS saved in the garage it shows me the same springs for my car i think all devilles use the same springs anyone have proof that there different?

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by SGWORLDWIDE View Post
    How can we be sure the DTS uses stiffer springs because on amazon even with my DTS saved in the garage it shows me the same springs for my car i think all devilles use the same springs anyone have proof that there different?
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    ALL aftermarket springs are based on the base Deville or DHS -

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    So if i was changing my struts and shocks to a passive system does it make sense to match the springs?

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Depends on whether or not the passive struts/shocks are regular (soft ride) or "performance" tuned.

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    Depends on whether or not the passive struts/shocks are regular (soft ride) or "performance" tuned.
    Great more choices okay ill narrow it down then the monroes (With DIY resisters) or arnotts with the built in bypass resisters what are they? as thats what most seem to use for the DTS

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by SGWORLDWIDE View Post
    Great more choices okay ill narrow it down then the monroes (With DIY resisters) or arnotts with the built in bypass resisters what are they? as thats what most seem to use for the DTS
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    install the Monroe 171685 strut assembly -

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Can i also use the arnotts (Ive seen them cheaper on Ebay and know friends that have sold them for cheap) with the acdelco springs made for the deville and DHS insted of the moogs? also amazon says these springs will work on the deville but the part numbers are different from the "soft spring part numbers chris posted"

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/part-finder...sNode=15731911

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Quote Originally Posted by SGWORLDWIDE View Post
    Can i also use the arnotts (Ive seen them cheaper on Ebay and know friends that have sold them for cheap) with the acdelco springs made for the deville and DHS insted of the moogs? also amazon says these springs will work on the deville but the part numbers are different from the "soft spring part numbers chris posted"

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/part-finder...sNode=15731911
    From my own personal experience, the DTS springs are what makes the car handle so well. The electronic struts and shocks adds more control to the springs. I installed the Monroe MA822 rear shocks on my car, because one of my original ones had seized up while compressed.

    However, since I needed to get my car working properly ASAP, I decided to purchase the MA822 because there was no place locally that had the electronic shocks. In the end, I'm glad that I installed the passive shocks, because the car still handles good, but the ride is smoother in the rear than before.

    If you plan to autocross your car, then maybe the electronic struts and shocks will help. If your car is a daily driver that you want to be as comfortable as possible, while still handling well, then go passive and keep the stock springs.

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    Mmmh good advice yeh i would like a little more comfy ride, i remember when i first got the DTS and i drove it i thought to my self i dont remember caddys having such a hard ride use to ride in them when i was younger, that was before i know the DTS had the sport ride insted of the classic caddy soft ride i still wanted A DTS though because for my age a regular deville is more for older people hence "The old peoples car name" yeh was just wondering because i was going to go all out and replace all with the active acdelco struts and shocks but now im thinking passive might be the way to go and ill get a more comfy ride too (just didnt know if i should swap the springs aswell with the regular deville ones) though then my other half tells me it wont be a DTS no more

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    Re: 2003 DTS Electronic Struts

    also think of your suspension this way:

    the springs hold the weight of the car (the 'sprung' weight)
    they will bounce/oscillate when you're going down the road
    the shock/strut dampens the oscillations so that you only bounce one, two, or maybe three times

    matching the weight of the car to the spring's stiffness to the dampening abilities of the shock/strut is what a 'tuned suspension' is all about

    now factor in that the electronic/active suspensions (CVRSS in your case) can vary that dampening ability of the shock/strut that allows the suspension to feel a lot stiffer when it needs to be yet still feel smooth when it doesn't need to be stiff
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